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Can spinal stenosis cause frequent bowel movements?

Sara Wilson, FNP
Nursing Specialist

Watch this video to hear Sara Wilson, NP, from West Valley Spine Center, explain how spinal stenosis can cause frequent bowel movements and urinary incontinence, due to the compressed nerves impacting the internal organs.

The more worrisome bowel symptom in spinal stenosis is bowel incontinence where you have bowel movements unexpectedly and without your control. This may be a surgical emergency called cauda equina syndrome and should be evaluated immediately.

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